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11:31 am: Reading Reviews--the Good Part

I mentioned before that I seldom read reviews. In commenting on the anti-Catholic thing, I neglected to mention the good part.

All my life, I’ve wanted to write a certain kind of story…a story that read like poetry, that spun a story of magic and wonder and wowed readers with that same sense of joy I got from my favorite books as a child.

Unfortunately, my writing style is rather straightforward and pedantic. John is the one who has the literary flare (and he wishes he could write like a pulp writer, straightforward and to the point.) So, I did not think I had much of a chance.

I wrote a book anyway, though.

To my amazement and wonder, a number of the reviewers described reading Prospero In Hell in exactly the terms I would wished for…as if the writing wove a tapestry of wonder and awe punctuated by a rich, magical background thick with everything you could think of all spun together into a graceful whole.

Which means that, at least to some reader, somewhere, I accually succeeded in accomplishing what I had wanted to do.

Wow!

Originally posted to Welcome to Arhyalon.

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From:jmward14
Date:October 21st, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
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Is there any sweeter praise than the one you always wanted to hear? :-) Cheers and congratulations,
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From:arhyalon
Date:October 21st, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!

There have been several reviews now where the reviewer really seemed to "get" what I was trying to do. Even some where they have begun to question the Urban Fantasy lable stuck on it.

It is very gratifying!

Edited at 2010-10-21 03:54 pm (UTC)
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From:juliet_winters
Date:October 21st, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
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very gratifying...
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From:filialucis
Date:October 21st, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
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Can't comment on Prospero in Hell as I haven't read it yet, but with reference to the the first volume I concur with those reviewers. You did spin something magical there. You created a world that has richness and depth, a story that always has one more surprise waiting around the corner, and characters worth caring about, and melded them into a composition that flows with unselfconscious grace and harmony.

You've got at least one reader here who's gone rather sour on fantasy in general and who has something of a loathing for trilogies, but who will be looking out for the sequels anyway. I'd say you did something right. :)
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From:arhyalon
Date:October 21st, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
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Thank you.

That alone makes the whole thing worth doing.
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From:hannahsarah
Date:October 22nd, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)
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If I ever get a little extra money I'm going to have to get your books!

I love it when someone "gets" my vision of things. One of my favorite comments from a customer was "Thank you for creating such things of beauty." For some reason that really touched my heart.
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From:arhyalon
Date:October 22nd, 2010 12:14 pm (UTC)
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If you get some time to read, you might try the library. I love having my books taken out of the library. It makes it more likely that libraries will buy them,and libraries are a good market for authors.
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From:hannahsarah
Date:October 22nd, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
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Wow, I never thought of it that way. Thanks!
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From:princejvstin
Date:October 22nd, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
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You don't hear that too often. But it IS a good idea.
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